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Women of Independent Presses at Women & Children First

  • Women and Children First 5233 N Clark St Chicago, IL, 60640 United States (map)

Halle Butler, author of JILLIAN (Curbside Splendor), Sarah Gerard, author of BINARY STAR (Two-Dollar Radio), and Juliet Escoria, author of BLACK CLOUD (Civil Coping Mechanisms) come together at Women and Children First.


Megan, recently out of college and working a meaningless job as a gastroenterologist's secretary, openly hates all of her friends for being happy and successful. She makes herself feel better by obsessively critiquing the behavior of her coworker, Jillian, a rapid cycling, grotesque optimist, whose downfall is precipitated by the purchase of a dog.


The language of the stars is the language of the body. Like a star, the anorexic burns fuel that isn't replenished; she is held together by her own gravity.

With luminous, lyrical prose, Binary Star is an impassioned account of a young woman struggling with anorexia and her long-distance, alcoholic boyfriend. On a road trip circumnavigating the United States, they stumble into a book on veganarchism, and believe they've found a direction.

Praise for BLACK CLOUD:

“[U]sing sparse and elegant prose, Escoria makes the reader feel. Moreover, even when the reader feels is terrible and frightening, Escoria finds a way to make it beautiful. These are powerful stories. Read them and be moved.” —The Lit Pub

Later Event: April 8
AWP Small Press Night